One on One: Jason Merkoski and the View of E-Books From the Inside – I didn’t really find this interview all that illuminating and it didn’t pique my interest in reading the book Jason Merkoski is publishing through Sourcebooks about his experience at Amazon. I suspect anything interesting is prohibited by some employment non disclosure agreement. Merkoski says that he does feel comfortable from a privacy standpoint and that the most that Amazon is doing with your information is figuring out how to send more Ads your way.NYTimes.com
The Slow Death of the American Author – I don’t agree with anything that Turow writes in this two page op ed on the NYTimes but I do think it is instructive to read because some of what he thinks is why we won’t see DRM eliminated for quite some time and why library access to digital books is going to be a very tough slog. It doesn’t matter that Turow is wrong in nearly every paragraph of his article, or at least draws specious conclusions to scare others. It only matters that he says these things and people of importance believe him. Turow attacks the very existence of digital books, low royalties, the recent first sale decision (Kirtsaeng), libraries, piracy, and basically everyone who doesn’t love the print book forever and amen. NYTimes.com
This Is Not the Death of the American Author – Will Kaufman takes on two important points in Turow’s op ed. First, that the Wiley case regarding the right of first sale dealt with buying foreign editions of a book and bringing them to the US. This is not likely going to be a problem for Turow and other fiction writers. Second, piracy will always be with us. More on that from Mike Cane.The Willarium
Scott Turow Opens His Yap Again – Another dart that Turow shot was at the Google and the Universities that are participating in this mass scanning project. Turow suggests that these books are just one hacker away from free dissemination into the wild. As Mike Cane so aptly points out, this is a cheap shot against Aaron Swartz, the hacker who accessed several thousand JSTOR articles and was federally prosecuted for it. Swartz killed himself earlier this year. As Mike Cane points out, Amazon, BN, Sony, etc. are one hacker away from being exposed. Mike Cane’s xBlog
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
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